The idea of the solar tree isn’t necessarily new to Florida.
In 2019, solar trees – some of the first of its “species” – popped-up in Miami parks, namely at the Bay of Pigs Memorial Park. Then, at the end of February 2021, it’s been reported that Florida Power & Light installed talking versions of solar trees in and around Florida’s hottest and most popular attractions.
What is a solar tree, anyway?
According to Miami Today, they are canopies that “provide shade and harness the power of the sun while generating emissions-free energy.” The futuristic-looking canopies feed energy back into Florida’s grids.
Journalist Kylea Henseler reports that the ever-growing (pun intended) solar tree is capable of producing approximately 3 kilowatts of power. That is enough for a vehicle that runs on electric alone to run 15,000 miles annually.
And one of the best parts of the project is that customers fund the program! Those “who opt to pay $9 per month to support the development of solar energy” are the communities of the future.
Miami Today states that there are now 100 “trees” and canopies across the great state of Florid to-date.